4,000 Airdronians have travelled over 50,000 kilometres on the city's Neuron e-scooters since the beginning of July, this according to Neuron Mobility. The company also underlined that they have seen positive feedback from Airdronians.
Chris MacIsaac, Team Leader for the city's transit, said that he is thrilled that Airdronians have the option of using Neuron e-scooters to safely get around the city.
"I've seen citizens using them on our pathways as well as in our key commercial areas. It's exciting to see how popular e-scooters have been since we launched the pilot program earlier this year and I expect the program to continue successfully."
The Alberta Regional Manager of Neuron Mobility, Daniel Rodrigo underlined that Airdrie’s most popular riding areas go through the community’s key commercial spots, helping local businesses attract customers.
“It has been great to see Airdrie residents and visitors embrace the benefits of the City's e-scooter program so quickly. We will continue to work closely with the City of Airdrie to support the program’s ongoing success.”
While Neuron boasted that residents have showered the pilot program with praise, they did stress that riders must be at least 16 years of age in order to book and use the e-scooters through Neuron’s user-friendly app. Helmets are strongly recommended for all riders and riding is allowed on sidewalks, pathways, and roads with a speed limit of 30km/h or lower. The company said that they continue to educate local riders through its online rider education platform ScootSafe Academy.
Neuron also enumerated that their e-scooters also have a topple detection feature which alerts Neuron’s operations team if one has been left on its side, so it can be repositioned safely.
"This feature has been well-received by pedestrian and accessibility advocates. A 911 Emergency Button feature can detect if a rider has had a fall and help call emergency services. The Follow My Ride feature allows riders to share their trip online with friends, and family in real-time for added safety, and peace of mind."
The e-scooter riding area covers major areas of the city and includes Nose Creek Park, Genesis Place, Chinook Winds Park, and streets such as Main St., Yankee Valley and Veterans Blvd.
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